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  1. The Tigers were scouting James Shields last night, but will the Rays move him?

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Houston Astros

    The New York Post reports that the Tigers had two scouts in Tampa Bay to watch James Shields‘ start against the Yankees last night. They probably weren’t the only ones, but if you believe Ken Rosenthal’s report from yesterday, the Rays — while always willing to listen! — are reluctant to trade Shields. They like…

  2. Josh Hamilton ditches custom sunglasses after going 0-for-3

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    In an effort to solve his problems hitting in day games Josh Hamilton wore a pair of specially designed sunglasses yesterday, but after going 0-for-3 he ditched the shades in his final plate appearance … and drew a walk. Hamilton has also tried eye drops and what Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas describes as “lid…

  3. “He was just drunk enough to be stupid, and one could not reason with him”

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    1884 Providence Grays

    This is random, but I enjoyed it like crazy. Edward Achorn wrote a book about Old Hoss Radbourn last year (the corporeal one, not his ghost, which haunts Twitter). I never did get around to reading it for some reason, but I’ll remedy that soon.  In the meantime, I have greatly enjoyed his day-by-day diary…

  4. Placido Polanco “had a series of injections to relieve pain”

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Anti-inflammatory medication didn’t do the trick, so Placido Polanco “had a series of injections to relieve pain and swelling caused by a bulging disc in his lower back” yesterday, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. He hasn’t been in the Phillies’ lineup since July 4 and has struggled to hit while playing through the injury…

  5. The Yankees re-sign Marcus Thames

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Marcus Thames yanks

    Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards.  Well, sometimes you can live life backwards too: The Yankees signed 34-year-old Marcus Thames to a minor league contract. Recently released by the Dodgers, Thames will report to Tampa and work out at the minor league complex before being assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. I’d be shocked if…

  6. HBT Daily: Answering your Twitter questions

    Jul 22, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    I neglected to post this yesterday because, well, I’m not sure why. But it’s not like pro wrestling and bullfighting references have a shelf life, so enjoy!

  7. Johnny Damon would prefer to go into the Hall of Fame as a Royal

    Jul 22, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon Royals

    Johnny Damon was on MLB Network yesterday and was asked about the Hall of Fame.  It’s kind of a lose-lose topic for a guy like Damon who, if he ducks or deflects questions about it, he’s not being particularly nice to his host, but if he answers it, he gets people saying stuff like “what,…

  8. Carlos Beltran doesn’t want to be a DH

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    beltran getty wide

    Trading Carlos Beltran depends a lot on Carlos Beltran, given his full no-trade clause.  And, as David Lennon of Newsday reports, Beltran may be prepared to use it if the Mets plan on trading him to certain types of teams.  Here’s Lennon: … the most coveted outfielder on the trade market has told friends that he…

  9. “No other owner has sacrificed so much of his team’s future for an immediate payoff”

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Combination of file photos of Frank and Jamie McCourt during their divorce trial in Los Angeles

    We got no ruling in the Dodgers bankruptcy case yesterday, but there were two things of interest that popped up on the McCourt radar. First, the L.A. Times has obtained the letter Bud Selig sent Frank McCourt back in June when he rejected McCourt’s proposed TV deal with Fox. In the letter he cited McCourt’s…

  10. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 22, 2011, 5:42 AM EDT

    Cameron Maybin

    Padres 5, Marlins 3: Cameron Maybin sweeps the Marlins. Really, he did it all in this series, battering his old team to the tune of 9-for-14 with three RBI, five runs and five stolen bases, including a 4 for 5 day in this one. Angels 1, Rangers 0: A tough luck loss for C.J. Wilson, who…

  11. Luke Scott homers twice, drives in six in AA rehab game

    Jul 21, 2011, 10:28 PM EDT

    scott big getty

    Roch Kubatko of MASN passes along notice that Orioles outfielder Luke Scott slugged two home runs and tallied six total RBI on Thursday evening in a rehab game with Double-A Bowie. Scott drove in a run with a groundout in the first inning, smashed a two-run homer to center field in the third, hit a…

  12. Phillies add Aaron Heilman on minor league deal

    Jul 21, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

    Aaron Heilman

    Looking to add depth to a bullpen that’s been hit hard by injuries this season, the Phillies signed Aaron Heilman to a minor league contract on Thursday, CSNPhilly’s Jim Salisbury reports.  He’ll step into a Triple-A Lehigh Valley relief corps that just lost Jason Grilli to the Pirates. Heilman was cut by the Diamondbacks after amassing a…

  13. Two suspects arrested in Bryan Stow beating

    Jul 21, 2011, 9:13 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    The Los Angeles Times is reporting that two suspects have been arrested for the Opening Day beating of Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium.  Further, they are reporting that Giovanni Ramirez — who was a suspect and is still being held on a parole violation — has been exonerated in the attack. The Los Angeles Police…

  14. MRI on Carlos Gonzalez’s wrist shows only inflammation

    Jul 21, 2011, 9:09 PM EDT

    cargo walkoff square

    Via the official Twitter account of Carlos Gonzalez: CarGo has inflamed ligaments in his right wrist / CarGo presentó inflamación en los ligamentos de su muñeca derecha. Gonzalez was removed from Thursday’s game against the Braves after complaining of soreness in his troublesome right wrist following a fifth-inning swing. He was sent to a local…

  15. Alex Rodriguez gets stitches removed from right knee

    Jul 21, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

    a-rod getty wide

    It’s too early to claim that Alex Rodriguez is making “progress” from last week’s knee surgery, but everything to this point has gone according to plan. According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, the third baseman had the stitches removed from his right knee on Thursday in Miami and has been working out this…

  16. Ubaldo Jimenez plans to pitch in winter ball

    Jul 21, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    Feeling that not getting enough work in the offseason led to his slow start, Ubaldo Jimenez said Thursday that he’s hoping to pitch winter ball. Surprisingly enough, the Rockies are on board with Jimenez’s plan to pitch for the Licey Tigers this winter.  Jimenez indicated that he’d likely only make a handful of starts, possibly just four.…

  17. Joe Blanton heading to Philadelphia to get elbow examined

    Jul 21, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

    blanton getty

    Phillies starter Joe Blanton landed on the disabled list in mid-May with inflammation in his right elbow. He’s had numerous setbacks since, and now word comes from Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that the right-hander is headed back to Philadelphia to have the elbow examined by team physicians. Blanton has already paid a visit…

  18. Without Stephen Drew, Diamondbacks must make a tough call

    Jul 21, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Stephen Drew injured

    At 52-46, the Diamondbacks are still in the thick of the NL West race.  They’re 4 1/2 games back of the Giants there and five games back of the Braves in the wild card. The road to claiming a spot in the postseason just got a lot tougher, though.  Losing Stephen Drew for the season due…

  19. Seventh-round pick Trevor Gretzky signs with Cubs

    Jul 21, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Trevor Gretzky

    Trevor Gretzky, son of The Great One, has picked the Cubs over San Diego State, that according to Aztecs coach Tony Gwynn. “We heard he signed with the Cubs on Monday,” Gwynn told the Toronto Sun on Thursday. The Cubs have yet to confirm the signing, which is sure to be for considerably more than slot money.  MLB…

  20. Padres demote Anthony Rizzo, add Kyle Blanks

    Jul 21, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo

    As it turned out, Anthony Rizzo wasn’t quite ready to make the big jump from the PCL to the majors. After hitting just .143/.282/.265 with one homer and six RBI in 98 at-bats, Rizzo was sent back to Triple-A Tucson on Thursday.  He was 0-for-13 since play resumed after the All-Star break. Taking his spot…

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